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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware review

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 is a substantial update to the famed malware-killing machine. This new malware hunter also integrates rootkit detection directly into the software and sports a more streamlined interface.

Pros

New design: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 sports an upgraded look that's more approachable. The more modern design is also an improvement -- larger boxes, fewer tabs, touch-friendly buttons, and adaptive windows. The program tucks nicely into your system tray when not in use and feels sleeker overall.

Features and utilities: Anti-Malware 2.0 has improved 64-bit support and now comes with built-in Anti-Rootkit. Access managers, automatic schedulers, … Read more

The 404 1,450: Where we play by ear (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- That story of the marooned woman on a Hawaiian island getting saved thanks to Google Earth is totally fake.

- Chordify makes it easy to cover any song by transcribing sheet music from YouTube and Soundcloud links.

- Funk band games the Spotify system to fund upcoming nationwide tour.

- Virtual screaming babies squirm their way into teenage cellphones in new pregnancy campaign.… Read more

The 404 1,449: Where we run for the border (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Cloak app helps you dodge awkward run-ins with frenemies.

- Taco Bell taps techies with burner phones to market new breakfast menu.

- Robots are creeping their way into newsrooms.

- A new gadget designed to sanitize your public transportation trip.… Read more

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware review

MalWareBytes Anti-Malware isn't the do-it-all app you're used to on your desktop, but it is certainly effective. It sacrifices some of the powerful features you'd use less often for ease of use and speed. That makes it a lot easier for new users to understand while still maintaining the power to fully protect your phone or tablet.

This app offers protection from viruses, as well as privacy concerns and theft. Our first scan took about a minute and a half, which is great for a full scan. Doing a privacy scan took a matter of seconds, found … Read more

Facebook ordered to take down anti-Semitic page

Facebook is under fire from the Anti-Defamation League about a page titled "Jewish Ritual Murder." The group, which battles anti-Semitism and racism, has ordered the social network to remove the page.

"The 'Jewish Ritual Murder' page on Facebook perpetuates age-old anti-Semitic propaganda, and it should be removed immediately," ADL national director Abraham H. Foxman said in a statement. "It is profoundly offensive, has no socially redeeming value, and adds nothing to any legitimate marketplace of ideas."

The page in question hasn't had much action from users. It only has a handful of likes, … Read more

Security suites jockey for position on Windows 8.1

Independent security testing firm AV-Test.org released its first Windows 8.1 results earlier this week, showing that, once again, most security suites are capable, but not great, at protecting you from threats.

AV-Test spent most of 2013 focusing on testing security suites on versions of Windows prior to Windows 8. The company's January and February tests showed that top-rated suites on Windows 7 generally performed well on Windows 8. The new Windows 8.1 tests saw similar results.

The new tests compared 24 suites during November and December 2013 on Windows 8.1 with no default security features … Read more

Wearable accessories keep your thoughts safe

It's official: Your tinfoil hat is now old hat. This series of accessories is designed to protect your precious thoughts in style.

The Anti-NIS Accessories, created by Lisa Kori Chung and Caitlin Morris for Benetton's research studio Fabrica, are all about maintaining the privacy of your own thoughts.

The three pieces were designed with something called Neuro-Imaging Surveillance (NIS) in mind. Neurologists actually use surveillance neuroimaging to monitor patients' neural activity in hopes of providing better care. The word "surveillance," of course, can be a bit of a touchy one. … Read more

Review: Protect your PC with ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall protects your Windows PC from intrusions and online threats. It's easy to use and works alongside your antivirus and other security tools, including many other firewalls. Its Auto-Learn feature conforms to your computer use. After you've allowed your frequently used apps, ZoneAlarm mostly works in the background, only appearing when something changes, like when you install a new program -- or some hacker tries to.

To install ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, you must opt for an IE toolbar and search provider (which keeps ZoneAlarm free of charge), though they uninstall with a click; or (like us) … Read more

Got a plastic bottle? Now you've got an antifungal fighting machine

Got a fungal infection? IBM wants to help cure it with the plastic in your recyclable water bottle.

Today, the company announced that IBM Research has discovered a way to convert common plastic, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), into an antifungal material that could someday help people suffering from a variety of maladies.

In a release, IBM Research said more than a billion people suffer from some sort of fungal infection every year -- things ranging from athlete's foot to much more serious blood infections. But the company said existing drugs are becoming less and less effective as infections … Read more

Buy one LoJack laptop-recovery subscription, get one free

This is an update of a deal I wrote about a couple years ago.

Laptop theft happens more often than you might think. According to a 2012 Kensington study, a laptop gets stolen every 53 seconds, with thieves most often targeting offices, conferences, and meeting rooms. And I have relatives who've lost laptops right out of their homes. Talk about a bad day.

If only your abducted machine could call the cops and report its location. That's exactly the idea behind Absolute LoJack (formerly LoJack for Laptops), which, like its automotive forebears, helps track and recover stolen systems.… Read more